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  • Orioles discussing Erasmo Ramirez with Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have had trade discussions with the Rays regarding Erasmo Ramirez.

    Advice: They would be interested in using Ramirez as a starter, as he evidently represents a backup plan after they missed out on Andrew Cashner. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever this season and hasn't gone more than two innings since mid-May, so obviously it will take a bit for his stamina to be built back up. He holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46/16 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season and is under team control through 2019. 34 minutes ago
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) throws off mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since going down with left knee tendinitis a month ago. A timetable for McFarland isn't known, but it appears he's making progress. 41 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Shawn Kelley retires final batter for save
    Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend. Today, 5:39 am
  • Marlins also get Colin Rea in Cashner deal
    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are also receiving Colin Rea in the Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: They wanted to acquire two starters at the deadline and have done it in one fell swoop. Like Cashner, Rea has had a shaky season with a 4.98 ERA over 99 1/3 innings. He's just 26 and is under team control through 2021 and the hope is that he'll develop into a solid back-end starter. Today, 5:36 am
  • Baker non-committal after pulling Papelbon
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal on his closer after pulling Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of a save chance Thursday.

    Advice: Baker has indicated in recent days that he might make a change in the ninth inning, and he didn't hesitate to give Papelbon the hook after he allowed a one-out single and a walk to the Giants. Oliver Perez retired two of the next three batters and then Shawn Kelley closed things out by striking out Angel Pagan. Kelley is probably the favorite for saves in Washington right now, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the club add a reliever before the trade deadline. "We’ve certainly got to figure something out here," Baker said. Today, 5:29 am
  • Olney: Marlins to acquire Andrew Cashner
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Marlins "have an agreement in place" to acquire Andrew Cashner from the Padres.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point what the Padres will receive in return, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says that the Marlins are also getting Colin Rea in the deal. Cashner has put up an unimpressive 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are obviously hoping to catch lighting in a bottle here. The 29-year-old righty will be a free agent this offseason. Today, 5:07 am
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cueto labors through five innings vs Nats
    Johnny Cueto failed to provide length in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings.

    Advice: Strange night for Cueto, who struck out just three and walked two on the evening. Those low numbers would outwardly seem to lend toward a lower pitch count, but Cueto had already thrown 101 pitches (63 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty before the start of the sixth inning. Since the Giants booted back up after the All-Star break, the ace has surrendered eight runs on 20 hits in three starts (16 innings). He has allowed at least three earned runs in five of his last seven outings. Despite a bit of a slowdown since a hot start, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 131/30 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Phillies shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Ziegler, Han-Ram combine to blow save
    Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • David Price brilliant in shutting down Angels
    David Price was superb in earning a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, rolling through eight shutout frames while scattering seven singles.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell is probably second-guessing himself tonight, at least just a little bit. Price had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings and could have theoretically at least started the ninth, but Farrell turned to Brad Ziegler instead. The reliever subsequently blew the save as Price lost out on what would have been a smooth 1-0 win. Tumultuous end aside, this was a strong effort from the ace southpaw. He will bring a 4.26 ERA -- plus a 1.26 WHIP and 151/31 K/BB ratio (143 2/3 innings) -- into a road date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jered Weaver holds Red Sox to one run
    Jered Weaver pitched surprisingly well in Thursday's no-decision against the Red Sox, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Weaver scattered six, walked two and struck out two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Mookie Betts notched a sacrifice fly in the third inning. For Weaver, this is about as good as it gets, particularly given the strength of the opponent. The 33-year-old right-hander still holds an uninspiring 5.14 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. A home date with the A's shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Hamels whiffs 12 over eight strong innings
    Cole Hamels struck out 12 while allowing two runs over eight innings, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the victory, throwing a season-high 123 pitches before exiting. It may not be any coincidence that his 12 punchouts were also a season high, giving him 132 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings on the year. The southpaw improved to 12-2 with his third straight win, and he'll take a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Marlins, Rangers leading in pursuit of Cashner
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Marlins and Rangers are currently ahead in the race to acquire Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Both teams are looking to add a starter for the stretch run. Cashner is in the last year of his contract so he'd only be a rental. The Orioles have also shown interest though perhaps not as much as Texas or Miami. The Padres have turned this season into an all-out fire sale, unloading assets such as James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz and Melvin Upton. There's a good chance Cashner's start against Toronto on Tuesday was his last as a member of the Padres' organization. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Jimenez fans eight in five innings vs. Twins
    Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight while allowing just one run Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jimenez gave up five hits and walked three, but he managed to limit the damage for most of the evening. Unfortunately for Jimenez, the O's bullpen couldn't keep his lead, saddling him with a no-decision. It was nonetheless a promising turn for the 32-year-old, who had been kept on the sidelines -- and rumored to be offered in trade negotiations -- since the All-Star break. If Jimenez is given another start, it will likely come Wednesday against the Rangers. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Wacha earns sixth win with quality start
    Michael Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: It was an odd final line for Wacha, who surrendered just four hits without issuing a walk but struck out just two and exited after only 80 pitches. That was likely due in large part to the fact that the Marlins scored all three of their runs against him in the fifth inning, concerning manager Mike Matheny. Wacha improved to 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with the win. He'll next take on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Cards, Indians, Mariners, Mets in on Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.

    Advice: Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Farrell won't skip Wright in hot weather
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said he hasn't considered skipping Steven Wright's turn in the rotation despite his struggles with humid weather conditions.

    Advice: Wright admitted he has a hard time gripping the ball when the weather is wet or sticky. That may explain his disappointing 6.37 ERA in the month of July. However, Farrell has no plans to sit the knuckleballer, nor should he. Wright has easily been Boston's best starter this year with 12 wins and a 3.12 ERA. The 31-year-old's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Angels. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Fish interested in Cashner, Miley, Hellickson's Joe Frisaro mentioned Andrew Cashner as one of several pitchers tied to the Marlins in recent trade discussions.

    Advice: Per Frisaro, the Fish are also after Seattle left-hander Wade Miley and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The rebuilding Padres have already traded away James Shields, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and Melvin Upton and it looks like Cashner might be the next to go. The Orioles are also in the hunt for Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts this season. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Blue Jays showing interest in Boone Logan
    The Blue Jays and Rockies have had trade discussions about Boone Logan.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have put an emphasis on improving their bullpen by adding veterans Jason Grilli and Joaquin Benoit and now they have their sights set on Logan. Toronto's primary lefty out of the bullpen has been Brett Cecil, who is 0-6 with a 6.00 ERA. Logan has pitched to a solid 2.48 ERA over 43 appearances this year. The Giants have also checked in on the 31-year-old left-hander. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Caleb Cotham (shoulder) moved to 60-day DL
    Reds transferred RHP Caleb Cotham (shoulder, knee) to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Homer Bailey, who is set to return from Tommy John surgery Sunday versus San Diego. Cotham was close to returning from shoulder inflammation earlier this month but was shut down because of a knee issue. His return date remains a moving target. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:40 pm @SD
  • Carlos Rodon (wrist) on track to return Sunday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed the team is leaning toward having Carlos Rodon (wrist) start Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Rodon made it through Monday's rehab outing without issue and is slated to throw a side session on Friday. He sprained his left wrist prior to the All-Star break. The former No. 3 overall pick has seen mixed results this year with just two wins and a 4.50 ERA over 16 outings. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Zach Davies keeps rolling in win over D'Backs
    Zach Davies limited the Diamondbacks to three runs -- two earned -- across 6 1/3 frames in Thursday's 6-4 win.

    Advice: The D'Backs got to Davies with three hits -- including a two-run double by Yasmany Tomas -- and a walk in the first inning, but it was pretty smooth sailing after that. The young right-hander has really established himself well in the Brew Crew's rotation since a rough April, putting up a 2.84 ERA and 75/20 K/BB ratio over 92 innings since the beginning of May. He'll get the Padres at Petco in his next outing. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Jacob deGrom goes seven shutout frames
    Jacob deGrom tossed seven shutout innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: DeGrom gave up just five singles and a walk while recording six strikeouts. He surely had more left in the tank, having thrown just 97 pitches, but the Mets elected to pinch-hit for him when they had a scoring chance. DeGrom is now just 6-5 on the season in spite of a 2.65 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He'll take on the Yankees the next time out. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • KC trying to package Kennedy, Davis; to LAD?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

    Advice: Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Report: O's trying hard for Andrew Cashner
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 7:00 am
  • Cardinals looking into Angels' Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

    Advice: St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap. Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Dodgers showing interest in RP Wade Davis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 5:21 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) on track for Friday
    Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 5:01 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Hammel allows one run in seven innings Wed.
    Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

    Advice: The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Ziegler yields go-ahead homer to Cabrera
    Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Rodon (wrist) a possibility to start Sunday
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen relays that Carlos Rodon (wrist) is a possibility to start against the Twins on Sunday.

    Advice: Rodon made a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and is set to throw a side session on Friday. Should he emerge without issue, he might not need another rehab outing. The 23-year-old southpaw last started on July 6. He suffered a sprained left wrist after slipping on the dugout steps and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list. Wednesday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Giants in 'active talks' for Andrew Cashner
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Baker hints he could make change at closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

    Advice: Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy. Wednesday, 5:03 am
  • Andrew Cashner gives up three runs to Jays
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solid outing for Cashner in what was most likely his final start for the Padres. He gave up two homers, but he still managed a quality start on the road against a fine offense. His ERA stands at 4.76. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Steven Wright gives up eight runs to Tigers
    Steven Wright gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Wright has admitted to some issues with the heat, as sweaty hands make it difficult for him to get a proper grip on his knuckler. That was probably an issue tonight, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees at Fenway. Wright tossed a gem last time out against the Twins, but he has a 6.37 ERA in five starts this month. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Papelbon suffers epic meltdown versus Indians
    Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

    Advice: Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Ubaldo to start Thursday versus Twins
    Ubaldo Jimenez will make a spot start for the Orioles on Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Jimenez hasn't pitched since July 8 and he's sitting on a 7.38 ERA. He is obviously a poor fantasy streaming option, even against the light-hitting Minnesota lineup. Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Padres making progress toward Cashner trade
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Padres are making progress on an Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Morosi says a deal could be finalized before Cashner's scheduled start Tuesday night in Toronto. There's known to be interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Cashner, 29, holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this year with San Diego. He can become a free agent in the offseason. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • O's activate Jimenez from paternity leave
    Orioles activated RHP Ubaldo Jimenez from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Jimenez was away from the O's for three days as his wife gave birth. He could start Thursday against the Twins, but if that doesn't happen it's back to long relief. Tuesday, 1:05 pm
  • Smith was unavailable due to back tightness
    Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

    Advice: Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Colin Rea registers quality start Monday
    Colin Rea walked four batters but managed to record a quality start Monday, allowing three runs over six frames in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rea is still walking way too many guys for someone who doesn't miss a ton of bats. He was able to limit the damage somewhat but still took his second straight loss. The right-hander will carry an unappealing 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into this weekend's outing against the Reds. Monday, 7:02 pm
  • McFarland (knee) nearing return to mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) is close to getting back to throwing off a mound.

    Advice: McFarland landed on the disabled list at the end of June with left knee inflammation and even paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews earlier this month, but he's slowly working his way back to action. The southpaw had a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances before hitting the DL. Monday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Jimenez expected to return Tuesday
    Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jimenez has been away on paternity leave since Saturday. Despite a lengthy absence, he's considered an option to start Thursday against the Twins. Monday, 1:34 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Monday, 3:03 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Papelbon allows four runs in loss to Padres
    Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Carlos Rodon (wrist) making rehab start Mon.
    Carlos Rodon (wrist) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said whether Rodon needs an additional rehab start will depend on how he feels. In other words, he should rejoin the Pale Hose rotation later this week as long as he doesn't have a setback. Rodon has missed two and a half weeks with a sprained left wrist. Sunday, 10:52 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Price gives up 11 hits, five runs to Twins
    David Price yielded 11 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was the second straight start Price has allowed 11 hits and the sixth time in his last seven outings that he's given up eight or more hits in a game. Of course, in three of those he also struck out 10 batters, and one was an eight-inning, four-hit gem. Thus is the ballad of David Price -- you take the bad with the good this year. It all adds up to a 4.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 145/30 K/BB ratio. Price will look for better days Thursday at the Angels. Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Hamels gives up unearned run in win over KC
    Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings of work in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels wasn't as efficient as he was in a dominant win over the Cubs his last time out, giving up five hits and walking three on Saturday, but the result was the same. The southpaw has now won six of his last seven decisions and is 11-2 on the year. Hamels owns a shiny 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio ahead of Thursday's rematch with these same Royals. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • DeGrom yields 10 hits, five runs to Marlins
    Jacob deGrom allowed 10 hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The start, both in hits allowed and runs given up, goes down as his worst in 17 starts this year. That speaks to how bad the 28-year-old was on Saturday but also to how good he's been this year, as deGrom is still 6-5 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 103/24 K/BB ratio after the loss. DeGrom will look to get back on the horse Thursday against the Rockies. Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Davies holds Cubs to one run in 6 1/3 innings
    Zach Davies tossed 6 1/3 innings of one run baseball, striking out four and limiting the Cubs to three hits and two walks as the Brewers won 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He has a 3.64 ERA with 80 strikeouts and 26 walks in 99 innings. He doesn't throw hard or wow scouts with his stuff, but at 23 years old he is already a league-average starter in the major leagues. He is an under-valued commodity in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Weaver chased after four innings by Astros
    Jered Weaver lasted just four innings Saturday, giving up six runs on seven hits in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver wasn't terribly effective against most of the lineup, but Evan Gattis especially gave Weaver fits, hitting two homers off the right-hander. The clunker actually came after a few strong outings from the 33-year-old, who fell to 8-8 with the loss. Weaver will carry a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Thursday's contest against the potent Red Sox offense. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Cueto goes six strong in a no-decision
    Johnny Cueto allowed just one unearned run over six innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

    Advice: San Francisco wound up winning in 12 innings. The one run Cueto surrendered came on a Mark Teixeira single in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a Mac Williamson fielding error allowed Didi Gregorius to score. Cueto struck out nine and walked just one. He stands 13-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 128/28 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings this season. Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • O's place Ubaldo on paternity leave
    Orioles placed RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Jimenez was excused from the Orioles on Saturday with his wife going into labor. He'll be gone for 3-7 days. The right-hander hasn't pitched since July 8 anyway. Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez (baby) excused from O's
    Ubaldo Jimenez has been excused from the Orioles with his wife going into labor.

    Advice: Jimenez could be placed on the paternity leave list if his absence lasts longer than a day or two. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game for the O's since July 8, when he yielded five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Saturday, 1:27 pm
  • Several teams inquiring on Wade Davis
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that several teams have called the Royals inquiring on the availability of closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: The Royals, who are considering selling at the trade deadline, are reportedly demanding a King's ransom for Davis. Heyman notes that the current asking price for Davis is higher than the Yankees are demanding for Aroldis Chapman. Davis is still under contract for a very affordable $10 million club option for next season, while Chapman hits free agency after the 2016 campaign, so there's certainly merit to asking for a higher price. Davis value shouldn't change much if he is dealt, as he's likely to close wherever he ends up. The Nationals are one club that Heyman notes have expressed interest in Davis. Saturday, 12:01 pm
  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Orioles in the mix for Andrew Cashner as well
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job. Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Wacha goes six innings in no-decision
    Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out. Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Orioles could send Jimenez in trade for Upton
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Orioles have discussed a potential trade that would send Ubaldo Jimenez and a prospect to the Padres for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jimenez would only be included in any deal to help offset the money remaining on Upton's contract, as his actual value is very limited. The veteran right-hander is owed roughly $18 million through next season while Upton is owed more than $22 million over the same time frame. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Hammel gives up two runs in win
    Jason Hammel gave up two runs over five-plus innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. All told, he gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. After going winless in six straight starts, he has now won back-to-back outings. He has had a knack for falling apart in the second half in recent years, but he’s bucking that trend so far. He’ll take a 3.35 into a start against the crosstown White Sox next week. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Tanner Roark gives up five runs in loss
    Tanner Roark struggled in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering five runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Roark walked two and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage against him was inflicted by Matt Kemp, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four. Even with the rough outing, Roark still owns a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner on Thursday
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner's start on Thursday.

    Advice: They saw him pitch well, as Cashner struck out eight while holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings. The Orioles were also connected to Cashner back in February before they signed Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers and Blue Jays are also known to have interest in the righty even though he's put up a 4.79 ERA this season. Friday, 11:28 am
  • Mets monitoring reliever Joe Smith
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

    Advice: The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Wright strikes out nine in win over Twins
    Steven Wright showed some pre-break form Tuesday, striking out nine while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: Wright had been regressing toward the mean in his past four starts, but the knuckleballer was able to keep the Twins off-guard for most of the night Tuesday. He allowed just four hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.67 with a 1.15 WHIP in 19 starts overall. Wright will take a 12-5 record into Tuesday's contest against the Tigers. Thursday, 7:01 pm
  • Giants considering trade for Rockies' Logan
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Giants are considering a trade for Rockies lefty Boone Logan.

    Advice: But he's just one of a number of relief targets for San Francisco. Logan, a 31-year-old impending free agent, has held left-handed batters to a .164/.203/.262 batting line in 2016 and he boasts a 2.81 ERA in 38 appearances overall. He'd be a great bullpen rental for any contending team. Thursday, 9:51 am
  • Kennedy bombed for seven earned runs in loss
    Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • Colin Rea allows four runs in loss to STL
    Colin Rea allowed four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea was gifted a two-run lead in the top of the first inning but couldn't make it stick, yielding one run in the second, two in the fourth, and one more in the sixth. He has a 5.01 ERA for the year. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Ziegler likely to see saves with Uehara down
    Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Boone Logan expected to draw heavy interest
    According to Jon Morosi of, Rockies left-hander Boone Logan "will be among the most talked about bullpen arms across the industry in the coming days."

    Advice: Morosi suggests the Giants, Cubs, and Nationals as possible suitors. Logan, an impending free agent, has held left-handed hitters to a .465 OPS in 2016. He boasts a 2.84 ERA in 37 total appearances. Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Carlos Rodon (wrist) played catch Tues.
    Carlos Rodon (wrist) played catch Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: "It's a good sign, throwing and not hurting," the left-hander told reporters after his workout. Rodon will throw on flat ground again Thursday and should then be cleared to return to a mound in a simulated setting. He's been on the disabled list since July 6 with a sprained left wrist and doesn't currently have a timetable for activation. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
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